Day 17 Baked Ziti

5 02 2012
Never fails baked ziti

Baked cheesy goodness, that is what baked ziti should be called.  So easy, always good, totally delicious.  This is the dish my sister always requests when she comes over to my house.

The past couple of days have been hard on us.  No updates or posts.  Wednesday Mario had to take off work for personal reasons.  He was going to home at an unknown time.  Luckily he arrived just as this was coming out of the oven. 
Too easy Baked Ziti
1. Boil Noodles
2. Mix noodles with 1 container of ricotta cheese (regular size….8oz)
3. Mix with spaghetti sauce
4. Put in oven safe dish
5. Cover with mozzarella cheese
6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Very, Very Veggie Soup

31 01 2012

Very, Very Roasted Veggie

 Today was a continuance of this week’s theme- YUM.  This soup was fairly easy to assemble and worth it!!  It was a quick, slow (I’ll explain this more in a minute) stew-like soup with a side of roast beef for Mario.  The roast sat in the crock pot today with a can of stewed tomatoes, beef stock, and a sprig of fresh  rosemary.
Very, Very Roasted Veggie Soup
4 small-medium yellow potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 stalks of celery, chopped
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and cut in 1/4ths
Place all ingredients on a cookie sheet in a preheated to 400 degrees oven, covered lightly with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, Italian seasonings.  I cooked mine for approximately 50 minutes with 1 stir half way through.
In the meantime, place the following ingredients in a pot on the stove:
1 1/2 boxes of organic low sodium veg broth
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can Great Northern beans
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 sprig fresh oregano
Set pot with all ingedients to low heat.  I let mine slowly simmer for the duration of the oven cook time.  Once the roasted veggies are soft and the potatoes are cooked throughout (Yes, pull one out to taste it), place 1/2 of the roasted veggies into a blender.   Turn on to puree speed and add 2 ladles of heated broth.  Make sure your blender’s bottom is attached tightly!!!  Puree until smooth.  This step is crucial to deliciousness!  And a slow cooked taste in a little time.  Once blended, stir back into pot on stove and add the whole roasted veggies.  Place lid and let the flavors marry.  I had about an hour before Mario got home so I let this sit on low until then.  About 20 minutes before he arrived, I stirred in about 1-2 oz. of shell shaped noodles and recovered with the lid.  This could have been done faster if needed.
With Mario’s meal, I placed some of the shredded beef on the bottom of the bowl and then ladled soup on top and stirred.  Mine was just soup.  Cornbread accompanied this.

Very, Very Veggie Soup Carnivore Style


Day 10: Another Meatless Night

26 01 2012

Spaghetti with(out) Meatballs

Technically, there were meatballs.  They were just not good.  Mario admitted that the ones I made last week were not so hot.  Well, they did not reheat so well either.  I did not think I had any meatless meatballs, but I found a package in the freezer.  Now, I’ve had Morningstar Meatballs before.  They are a very good substitute for meatballs.  YUMMY!  However, the ones I found in the freezer were Nate’s Meatballs.  They kind of tasted like my falafel bites I got that were Veggie Patch brand and a mixture of veggie chick’n patties.  Not terrible, but not so hot in spaghetti.  I used Smart Taste Spaghetti noodles with 2.5 times the fiber.  Fiber is our friend remember!  And Organic Ragu Chunky Vegetable Sauce.  Combined and ate everything except the meatballs.

Even though I hate spaghetti, it was ok for once in a while 🙂  Just don’t tell Mario he had another meatless night.  I didn’t bring this up to him and he didn’t complain about missing anything!